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Shallow Boat Dive

Port Elizabeth

Activity Description

The shallow boat dives are guided by a Pro Dive professional guide and the boat leaves from Hobie Beach to the various dive sites located not far from the beautiful beachfront (20 minute boat ride).

The Eastern Cape is unique in that there is an abundance of beautiful soft, colourful corals teeming with fish and small critters due to the temperate, nutrient rich waters. There is also a good chance of seeing Ragged Tooth Sharks on most of the shallow boat dives as they are resident in these waters.

Average Temperature: 17 – 18 degrees Celsius
Depth : 6m – 40 m
Visibility (in meters): 1 – 20m+
Recommended wetsuit: 5mm or 7mm & hoodie

POPULAR SHALLOW DIVE SITES:

Shark Alley Reef

Depth: 5-18m
Qualification: All Levels
This reef is also known as Roman Rock due to a large number of Red Roman fish that are found here. This pinnacle is situated close to Bell Buoy – a belled buoy to alert boat and ships of the shallow water. It is a short boat ride from Hobie Beach and is a favourite with most divers. The large reef is made up of gullies and pinnacles which are teeming with fish, soft corals, feather stars, starfish, sea fans and anemones. Many animals from the smallest nudibranch to the Ragged-tooth shark share a spot on this popular reef.

Phillips Reef

Depth: 8-16m
Qualification: All Levels
Phillips reef is often a forgotten dive site which offers some spectacular diving. The reef is in close proximity to Hobie beach with characteristic gully formation. The Ragged Tooth shark is often sighted here together with the pyjama and leopard cat sharks. The reef is densely populated with colourful sea fans, sponges and soft corals. Crustaceans, nudibranchs and a wide variety of fish also populate the reef.

Shy Shark Reef

Depth: 6-17m
Qualification: All Levels
Shyshark reef has one main pinnacle that reaches up to 6m from the surface. It is densely covered by hard and soft corals that displays an array of vibrant colours. As the name suggests, sightings of shysharks are common. A definite must for the adventurous diver!

Please see our website for further details on other shallow boat dives in the area.

Arrangements

ProviderPro Dive - Port Elizabeth
Duration2 hours
WhenAll year round
WherePro Dive - Hobie Beach - Port Elizabeth
WeatherAll trips are weather dependent and conditions will be checked on the morning of your activity, one hour prior to arrival time. Please note that if the weather conditions are not suitable for diving the Charter can be cancelled on the morning of the dive. You would then have the option to re-schedule or obtain a full refund.
What to WearWetsuit on the boat (the boat is a wet environment)
Things to BringDiver must bring along scuba diving certification card and/or log book. Swimwear, towel, sunscreen, change of clothes Full Gear (Scuba and Soft Gear), Cylinder ( in the event that you are not renting from us)
Guests or SpectatorsPlease enquire to check on availability to join for the boat ride

Requirements

Minimum Age10 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsEntry Level Scuba Diving Certification
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Dive guide
Use of facilities (showers, lockers, washing up facilities)

Exclusions

Gear Hire
Soft Gear (Wetsuit, Mask & Snorkel, Fins, Weightbelt)
Scuba Gear (BC, DV & Tank)
We do have limited availability of 15L cylinders and diving computers. Please contact us to confirm availability.

Notes

IMPORTANT INFO:
Diver must bring along scuba diving certification and/or logbook.

ARRANGEMENTS:
WHERE TO MEET:
Conveniently located in the Red Windmill at Hobie Beach, Summerstrand (Shark Rock Pier)

DURATION & WHAT TO EXPECT:
2 hours
The choice of shallow dive site will be decided on the day based on the weather and sea conditions.

You will be met on arrival by our experienced Dive Guide who will sign you in and assist with fitting your Scuba & Snorkel gear (changing rooms and lockers are available on site). Once every-one has geared up, the group will take a short stroll on the beach to the boat where you be given a briefing by the skipper and dive guide on boat procedures and the dive site, before embarking on a short boat ride to one of the shallow dive sites. You will then get to jump into the water with your guide for an exhilarating 45 minute dive. On arrival back at Pro Dive our facilities include changing rooms, washing facilities and shower facilities where can freshen up after completing your dive.

Customer Reviews

I had the pleasure of going on a dive with Prodive in Port Elizabeth two weeks ago. I am from Johannesburg and was in PE on holiday for bit to visit family. My niece did her Open Water qualification last year and I really wanted to go for a dive with her while we were there. We booked the Shallow Boat Dive. The boat was launched from Hobie Beach and took us out near Bell Buoy to the spot where we were going to dive. On the way out the skipper pointed out a pod of Humpback dolphins! (one of the fantastic highlights of the trip for me). We had a wonderful dive and saw hundreds of fish (blacktail, zebra, fransmadam, musselcracker butterfish, klipvis etc), beautiful coral, sponges, anemones, urchins etc. A raggie even cruised on by. Prodive is a professional operation that runs like clockwork. From the skipper and instructors, the crew working behind the scenes to the people dealing with the booking -- all did a superb job. I had to hire some equipment and it was all in fine nick. We also couldn't wish for a nicer group of people to spend the morning with. One guy was celebrating his hundredth dive and in tradition didn't wear a wetsuit. The water was very cold and we would've felt sorry for him if he wasn't so funny and such a good sport. Included in our group was a number of guys training to be Dive Masters. I was quite nervous about a few things because it's been a while since my last ocean dive, but everyone helped me, made me feel confident and at ease to enjoy this opportunity to explore the beauty of the sea. My niece also absolutely loved it went for a few more dives with the guys last week. On one dive they saw 12 raggies and she also mentioned seeing a nudibranch (her favourite creatures) and an octopus. She is completely hooked on diving and takes every opportunity to get into the ocean. Thank you Prodive for a superb diving experience! - Mareza Rudman


Great - James Troup


We had great service from the Pro Dive shore team. Ensuring all Covid protocols were followed under much public scrutiny. The weather was fantastic and had a calm boat ride out to the dive site. There were a lot to see this time as the vis was between 8 to 10m. Fantastic corals, lots of small shoals of reef fish. Saw about 5 small Raggies ( ragga tooth sharks) cruising the gullies in the reef Thank you Pro Dive team for the service you provided. - Brian Duthie


Dennis and other staff go out of their way to carry and load kit. Important to Janet and I as we have sore bones. Good COVID adherence. Good DM. Nice boat. Limited viz, but good ragged to see. - Klaus Heimes


Very dice dive. Really professional and cool!!!! We saw a shark!! - Francisco Vido




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